Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Meyer mss., 1938-1988, consist of the papers of war correspondent and short story writer Robert Louis Meyer, 1918-1989.

Meyer was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, but grew up in Hammond, Indiana, where he was a founder and editor of Ye Smallish Tymes published by Washington High School. He attended Indiana University as a journalism student, 1936-1941, and served as managing editor of Bored Walk, a university literary journal, from 1938-1940. In 1941 he joined United Press as a journalist, working in Chicago, Indianapolis, Chicago again and New York, before accepting assignment as a war correspondent in London and then with General George S. Patton's 3rd Army and later with General Omar Bradley's 12th Army Group. Following Germany's surrender Meyer spent eighteen months in the UP Rome Bureau, returned to London in 1947 as European sports editor, then returned to the United States and moved to California. After working successively for CBS radio and television, free lance writing for two years, and serving a stint as press attache to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, he returned to California to become a public relations executive in the aerospace industry.

Present in the collection is correspondence, 1942-1988, with literary agents, journals, etc., concerning his writings, copies of his press releases relating to sports, particularly Indiana High School basketball, prior to his European assignment, of his wartime dispatches while with Patton and later Bradley's armies, and of some of the stories he sent from Rome and London after the war. Also present is a notebook of releases written for the Hughes Aircraft Company, 1959-1965, arranged by broad subject; studies and reports relating to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the mid-1970s; and the manuscript for Meyer's volume of short stories, Autumn Leaves, (New York, Rosen Publishing Group) published in 1985. Five scrapbooks, 1938-1939, and several photographs from the war period complete the collection.

Collection size: 1,640 items

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